Many of us secretly harbor a wish to relive various days in our lives. We long to be able to connect with a lost loved one, or to have instances of ‘do overs.’ We want to have the chance to right wrongs, ditch bad relationships or make a difference.
‘About Time’ is a film about second chances. It is written and directed by celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis (‘Love Actually’, ‘Four Weddings’ and a ‘Funeral’). It is the kind of motion picture that makes you contemplate the ‘what ifs’ in your life.
The hilarious story centers around, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) and his new found gift. One night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. He explains to Tim that he can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life.
Tim decides this is the perfect time to get what he has been missing in his life. So he decides to make his world a better place and sets out to get a girlfriend.
Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, but due to Tom’s inexperience in time travel, he discovers he has erased her from his life. He begins a series of awkward first time encounters until he gets it right and wins her heart.
But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. He soon discovers the real reason that his father retired from his job early, and now leads a life of reading and playing ping pong. The scenes between Nighy and Gleeson are amusingly touching as son and father bond throughout time.
Gleeson is hilarious as the awkward and unsure Tim. His innocence represents the possibilities that are set before us in our everyday lives. Throughout the film, his character matures with each life affirming event. When he first meets Mary, he is a young man seeking a relationship. Throughout the years, and misses with his travels, his affections grow into a deeper love sealed by events in time.
Rachel McAdams as Mary begins her relationship with Tim unsure and apprehensive. Through her many encounters with him, her love blossoms transforming her from a young girl to a self-assured mother and wife.
The scenes between McAdams and Gleeson are effortlessly delivered. It truly looks as if they are comfortable with their assigned roles. Together they have perfect comedic timing and are an excellent match on screen.
The film strikes a universal chord about relationships. Whether it is a mother and daughter, father and son, husband and wife, throughout it all love is timeless. Ultimately, you savor the moments in your life because you don’t need time travel to love .
‘About Time’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams,Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy. It is rated R for language and some sexual content.